Tollers solicitors were delighted to present a cheque for £2,046 to their chosen charity for 2015, Spinal Injuries Association. The amount was raised for the charity by Tollers staff members fundraising efforts throughout 2015.
Paul Morrison, Head of the Personal Injury Department at Tollers said, "Accidents don't discriminate, in our work we see first-hand the destruction that is caused to someone's life when they sustain a spinal cord injury. We work very closely with Spinal Injuries Association as Gold Corporate partners, so it was a natural choice to nominate them as our Charity of the Year for 2015'".
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) are a national charity dedicated to helping the 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK to rebuild their lives. SIA's support services begin for the newly injured but they continue supporting them as they return home and take on new challenges throughout their lives.
Corporate Fundraising Co-ordinator, Lloyd Butcher said, "We thank Tollers solicitors for choosing the SIA as their 'Charity of the Year' and raising £2,046 is an amazing amount. The money that Tollers have raised will help us to continue to support spinal cord injured people and their families with vital services such as nurse advocacy, a free advice line and peer support services".
The majority of the SIA's services are delivered by spinal cord injured people who share their lived experiences with spinal cord injured people during one-to-one support, practical help and advice. They also support family members and friends, allowing them to talk through the impact of a spinal cord injury with someone who understands and who can signpost them to sources of help and information.
Carol Barraclough, SIA Peer Support Officer said, "I find it incredibly rewarding to spend time with spinal cord injured people and their families, helping them to make sense of the situation they find themselves in and watching as they realise that the future isn't quite so bleak after all. Making my way home in the knowledge that peer support has made a difference is the best part of my role".
Tollers spinal and brain injury specialist lawyer, Tristan Holdom recovered a six figure sum for a pensioner involved in a road traffic accident causing paraplegia. Following a lengthy dispute, the defendant finally accepted liability but the delays had meant the level of medical care had been poor. Following admission and interim payments Tristan worked with all agencies and the family on intense pressure sore and skin viability work to improve his quality of life. Personal Injury claims are not just about compensation. Tristan gave practical and emotional support to his client's wife and carer throughout. Adaptions to his home were undertaken to enable the client to be with his beloved dogs and see his garden each day from his bed. Tristan said “The simple things for him were the most important".
Tristan is currently acting for a very youthful pensioner who suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident rendering her tetraplegic. Being instructed early meant that, despite a refusal by the defendant to engage in a rehabilitation programme, planning and support could be given to the family whilst she was treated in the spinal unit and following discharge Tristan, his assistant Jon Rose, her Care Manager and of course her family have worked tirelessly to ensure she is living in a positive environment. Most importantly with an original prognosis of being wheelchair bound for life and increasing spasticity in her arms and hands, by focusing on the key specialist treatment needed after 12 months she is now able to take her first few steps with her neuro-physiotherapist and her motor skills in her hands are improving brilliantly. Whilst compensation is important to fund this help, the ultimate aim and measure of success will be to enable her to return to independent living in her own home, something which would not have been a possibility without her specialist legal and medical team behind her. Tristan commented "Early rehabilitation is everything in a spinal injury case and it is unbelievably rewarding to see client's progress and smile again. It's why I do the job!”
In both cases the SIA have been and continue to be a brilliant and unique source of support and information for both the families and Tristan and his team.
If you have suffered a spinal injury as a result of an accident and would like to explore the possibilities of making a compensation claim please call us on 0333 414 9123.
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